Organizing Your Webspace FTP & Site Folders

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It’s important that you understand your webspace and how it works. Many peolple find this confusing so I’ve layed it out in a simple process map below. Click To Expand:

It all starts with your hosting company it’s very important that you have good, reliable hosting. I use d9Hosting because it is owned by internet marketers and they understand my needs. A hosting company is something that you will have for life so do not pinch the pennies here as it is probably the single most important part of your business.

Your hosting company has powerful computers called servers. These servers are divided into partitions that customers rent on a monthly basis. The monthly fee depends on the amount of memory and bandwidth of your partition. The partition is your own little space on the server and we call it your webspace.

You control your webspace with a program called cPanel, cPanel is provided by your hosting company. This is where you set up your domains and create email accounts etc. etc.

In order to get files, folders and websites to display on the internet you must first create them on your computer and then upload them to your webspace. Every piece of data stored on your webspace has its own unique address which we call a URL. Uploading data to your webspace is done through a process called FTP which stands for File Transfer Protocol.

We keep our webspace organized using a free software called Filezilla. Filezilla is free and easy to use, you can download it HERE, The Filezilla screen is broken up into two halves. The left side displays all the files and folders on your computer and the right side displays all your files and folders on your webspace. To put files on your webspace all you do is drag from left to right.

Your webspace is divided into files and folders like a big outline. The main folder is called public HTML. This folder contains subfolders. Each one of these subfolders has the name of your respective website. Inside of that site folder, is where you put all the files and folders that make that website display.

These additional folders within the site folder can be accessed from your browser by putting a /foldername behind your main domain name. For example, http://yoursitename.com/subfolder.

To access a specific file within that subfolder you add yet another / with the name of that file and the files extention (file type). For example, http://yoursitename.com/subfolder/ebook.zip.

A website is made of an index page which you design in your html editor on your computer. Most websites will contain images so you will reference those in an image folder. Also, any aditional files or documents that you will be linking to can all be inserted into your main website folder. Once your site folder is complete and working perfectly on your computer, you can open filezilla and drag and drop the site into your public html folder. Now your website is visible from any browser on the planet.

In conclusion, remember that its all organized like a big outline and every piece of data in your webspace can be accessed by typing its exact address or location into a web browser.

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